OT Ogden was out for the Cleveland game and it screwed Baltimore's whole offense. Without him, they have only an average O-Line, if that. Even worse, his backup got injured in last week's game.
Here's some insight by a Raven's analyst:
"J.O.’s absence was like chum to a hungry shark. And on Sunday, that hungry shark had a name -- Kenard Lang. J.O.’s replacement Ethan Brooks made Lang look like Reggie White in his prime. Brooks’ footwork was so sluggish, I actually looked to see if someone had tied his shoes together as some sort of sick joke." The line never seemed to develop any rhythm but that in my opinion, was a byproduct of poor field position and poor play calling. Bottom line is, this unit needs to get it in gear. With Flynn out, Zeus missing practice because of his Mom’s illness and J.O.’s injury, this unit hasn’t had a ton of practice time together. They will need to bring their “A” game v. Pittsburgh and J.O. will need to get ready. In Brooks’ defense Boller said, “Obviously [Ogden] is a big asset, but I think Ethan Brooks stepped in and did a great job. I have all the confidence in the world in him." Wait until you see the game film Kyle
Latest word is that Ogden will be back in the lineup Sunday.
But Pittsburgh is usually a tough opponent vs. Lewis, so I wouldn't expect miracles right away.
At the same time, the reviews for Q just keep getting better & better. An article in the local paper had Shanny & teammates raving about Q's other contributions - blitz blocking & receiving in particular. I'd say he has the starting position in Denver pretty well clinched, barring an injury.